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Quarry dust effect on trees and their tolerance ability at Bethamcharla, Kurnool District, AP, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Botany, Rayalaseema University, Kurnool - 7, AP, India
  • 2Rayalaseema University, Kurnool -7, AP, India
  • 3Rayalaseema University, Kurnool -7, AP, India

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 7, Issue (10), Pages 34-39, October,22 (2018)


Different plant species vary over a considerable range in their susceptibility to air pollution. Since there is a little information available about responses of quarries, we selected the subject to study the influence of quarry dust on selected trees growing around quarries at Bethamcherla, Kurnool district and to measure their Air pollution tolerance indices to suggest the plants that are suitable to raise in such areas to develop a green belt. Dust pollution causes water stress also in habitats. Because growing of species that are having high APTIs are able to increase their number and can also able to increase water table by reducing the temperatures of the area. The study suggests to grow Azadirachta indica, Tamarindus indica, and Terminalia catappa around quarry dust polluted areas. In A.indica and T.indica, the Relative Water Content is very high. Whereas in T.catappa there is no change in RWC in polluted site sample. According to several observations, RWC in plants serves as an important indicator of drought confrontation in plants.


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